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Group 2 driving licence health requirements in diabetes

The driving health of a person with diabetes who is in possession of a category 2 driving licence is assessed and recorded in the patient record every 1-3 years.

The driving health requirements pertaining to category 2 apply to the drivers of lorries, buses and articulated vehicles as well as the drivers of passenger cars or camper vans weighing over 3.5 tonnes as well as taxi drivers.

The driving health requirements for a person with diabetes in category 2 include:

  • Regular doctor’s appointments in accordance with the care plan.

  • The person fully recognizes the symptoms of a drop in blood sugar.

  • The ability to demonstrate an understanding of the risk arising from too low blood sugar to operating a motor vehicle and traffic safety.

  • If insulin or other medication that increase the risk of low blood sugar are in use, blood sugar has to be monitored at least twice a day, before driving and during long driving journeys.

  • No severe hypoglycaemia in the last 12 months.

  • The risks to traffic safety arising from too high blood sugar have also been taken into account.

  • No complications related to diabetes that impair driving health.

If the driving health requirements pertaining to group 2 are not met due to diabetes, other medical conditions or substance abuse, the doctor will issue a driving ban and notify the police of it. However, if the driving health requirements pertaining to group 1 are met, person can continue operate vehicles falling under that group 1.

After a severe case of hypoglycaemia, the factors leading to it are investigated and, if necessary, changes are made to the treatment and monitoring of diabetes. The recommended mode of monitoring is a glucose sensor.

Updated 30.9.2023